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Interactive Gaming Council

The IGC may well turn out to be the most important and widespread seal of approval. The IGC is the principal Internet gambling industry group, engaged in lobbying, public relations, and promoting regulatory codes. (Note that the initials IGC are the same as for the In teractive Gaming Commission.) The industry IGC is the central committee of the dairy casinos, the organization most involved it, promoting the reputation and growth of electronic gambling. At press time the official seal of approval was not in circulation, but the membership logo was and is often on display.

The IGC Code of Conduct includes the necessary provision for openness to "inspection and review by any legitimate gaming.. . authority or to any independent testing authority recognize by the IGC." The Code does not specifically require members to have government licenses, but they are expected to have them if they reside in a countries with regulation. Members are also expected to participate in non-binding mediation of consumer complaints, and the IGC website has a form to initiate the same. IGC mediators will not intervene on the behalf of players at non-member sites, but they can be helpful in sorting out mistakes and misunderstandings with those that do belong.

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Basic Concepts
Just remember that modern science doesn't leave much room for "more things in heaven and earth" in a deck of fifty-two cards, and the philosophy you'll get in the next few chapters is fairly complete. Like anything else, some people are naturally better at poker than others are, and there is much more to the game than probability and statistics. But there is nothing mystical about any of those other elements, and the game can be studied, practiced, and mastered by anyone who is so inclined. In fact, the best card players are those who treat all aspects of the game with academic precision.
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